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Your long time loyalty with Sivana continues to drive us to delight you with our unique assortment that we take great pride in curating for you. Setting your expectations and delivering to our high standard of exceptional customer service, is paramount to our team.

Over the last year and a half, we have navigated through unusual times that continue to bring challenges to how we operate. In recent months, we have been faced with unexpected supply chain hurdles, which inevitably result in product delays. Now with the added tension on global logistics as we move into the holiday season, we will only be able to guarantee Christmas delivery if orders are placed before December 1st. For that reason, we are offering everyone 25% off their order with code: THANKYOU25, as a thank you for shopping and supporting us early on as we continue to navigate through these challenges.

We will continue to release new arrivals throughout the month, but will not be restocking as we move into November. As always thank you for your loyalty.

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Crafting Comfort: The Art of Making a Prayer Shawl

A prayer shawl is a beautiful way to bring comfort and intention into your life or the life of someone you love. A handmade shawl infused with prayers and positive intention, the purpose of a prayer shawl is to offer comfort and peace and spiritually lift up those who may be having a tough time or are hitting a big milestone in life. Each simple stitch on this comfort shawl is crafted with love, care, and devotion, and all of this stunning energy can be captured and turned to in times of need. Crochet prayer shawls can serve as a tangible representation of love and support, and this can be the perfect tool to carry you through. Making the prayer shawl is a special and unique representation of love. Still, the finished project and wrapping the prayer shawl around the shoulders is a beautiful way of welcoming that love and letting it physically embrace you. The benefits of prayer shawls surpass the physical and feed into emotional and spiritual well-being.

Understanding the Significance

Prayer shawls and scarves are no new fad—they have a long historical and cultural significance across various cultures—but they often have a similar purpose—to offer solace and connection and to unite people. In Judaism, the prayer shawl or the tallit serves as a connection to the divine and is often worn during prayer sessions or donned during big life milestones and happy times like bar mitzvahs or weddings. In the Christian faith, prayer shawls are wrapped around someone during times of distress, grief, or sickness to lend comfort and strength. 

In our modern world, prayer shawls have surpassed religions, borders, and boundaries and have become an incisive practice for everyone. It can be seen as a simple sign of love and friendship, a method of meditation, and a way to embrace the power of intention. This approach to shawl making and crocheting prayer shawls is also a way of welcoming community into your world and sending positive vibrations out into the universe. 

Choosing Materials

Crocheted prayer shawls can come in many colors and materials, and before you sit down with your simple patterns to get crocheting, you can make some choices about yarns. Look for a yarn that will feel soft and supple against the skin, or choose yarn from natural fibers like bamboo, organic cotton, and soft wool blends. One of the main purposes of crocheted prayer shawls is to bring comfort to the wearer, and physical softness can encourage this. Choosing a yarn suitable for skin allergies can be another act of kindness for those with sensitive skin. 

Color can also play a role in making crochet shawls. Perhaps the recipient has a certain color they love, or you can choose a color based on its symbolic meaning. For example, white can be a symbol of purity; soft pink can represent love and gentleness; pale blue can be calming and hold the spirit of water and flow; yellow can bring a burst of sunny optimism, and so forth.  

When making everyday shawls, you may also want to consider the ease of washability of your prayer shawl. Machine-washable yarns will undoubtedly be easier for someone to care for than those that require special laundering. 

Pattern Selection

When making handmade prayer shawls, you want to start with simple patterns. There are different prayer shawl patterns, and a pattern with a repetitive stitch is perfect for beginners. Experienced crafters can choose more intricate crochet prayer shawl patterns and create gorgeous shawls to give to those who need them. Here are some crochet shawl patterns to get you started.

Simple garter stitch - The garter stitch is a great place for beginners as it involves knitting every row using knit and purl stitches. This creates cozy shawls with a squishy texture that is soft and comfortable against the skin.

Lace stitch patterns - Lace stitches create beautiful prayer shawls that look intricate and delicate but are actually relatively easy to master. This airy prayer shawl pattern is based on repetitive stitches. 

Ribbed stitch patterns - Ribbed stitch comfort shawls will have a stretchy and textured finish that is comfortable and convenient. This shawl pattern has visual interest when it comes to the finished product but also has a soothing method of making - bringing the benefits of prayer shawls to both the wearer and the maker. 

Color block patterns—You can create shawls in blocks or geometric textures that blend colors and patterns. This technique is fun for intermediate shawl makers and can bring a modern and stunning finish.

Infusing Intention into Every Stitch

One of the most important aspects of crocheting prayer shawls is infusing intention into every stitch. As the prayer shawl is used as a source of comfort and to bring love and support into a person's life, it is important to channel good energy into the process. There are ways to take the right approach to shawl-making and cultivate kindness, generosity, and pure love. 

Meditation—Before you sit down to stitch, maybe take a moment to clear your mind and get clear on the intention you are setting. You can meditate or say a little prayer or mantra. This will set the tone from the starting point to the finished shawl.

Visualization - Visualization techniques can also help infuse the gorgeous prayer shawl with bright and loving energy. Imagining light being sewn with every stitch and visualizing the recipient wrapped and feeling loved in this friendship shawl can bring healing energy.

Be present - If possible, approach your favorite prayer shawl patterns and the process with love and attention. Let go of distractions and give yourself to the here and now. Creating a calm and soothing environment to stitch can facilitate this vibe.

Connect - Having a picture of the recipient while sticking your friendship and peace shawl can also create this energy of intention and send out healing and harmonious vibrations to them as you make each stitch and create more meaning rather than falling into the category of impersonal shawls made for anyone. 

Finishing Touches

Once you have the perfect shawl, it is time to add some finishing touches and elevate the gift of giving. You can wash the shawl so that you hand over something made to represent a clean and fresh slate. Add a little love, support, and warmth to this durable friendship shawl by putting a personal note or special charm in your prayer package. Wrapping the shawl in tissue or adding a ribbon can bring an extra special vibe to this elegant and life-affirming gift. 

The Gift of Giving

The act of giving someone a prayer shawl goes beyond the allure of physical gift-giving and is more connected to compassion, community, and creating an environment where someone feels supported, loved, and cherished, especially in a difficult time.  If someone is sick, the prayer shawl makes for a beautiful gift as they can hold it, wear it, keep it close, and be reminded of their own strength and the strength of those who love and support them. It can also serve as a tangible reminder of community and friendship to those dealing with loss or change who may need extra care. Each stitch in a prayer shawl sends loving and positive vibrations out into the world, which has a ripple effect. 


Crafting prayer shawls is a beautiful practice that everyone should share. Whether you follow a prayer shawl crochet pattern to give something special to your beloved friend or make prayer shawls as a gift for people you don't know—either in a hospital or as part of charity work—this simple craft project has the power to change mindsets and, ultimately, can have a beautiful and positive impact on people's lives. In love with the idea of conscious clothing? Check out our tunics, womens tanks, kaftans, and eastern women's tops.


Can I make my own prayer shawl

Yes, anyone can make their own prayer shawl. While you may think that prayer shawl crochet projects are intended for others, they are designed to serve as a reminder of love, compassion, care, and strength, and there is no reason why you cannot cultivate that energy from a place of self-love. 

What material is prayer shawls made from

You can make prayer shawls from any material, but choosing a soft and comfortable yarn often works best. Common materials for your favorite yarn could be wool blend yarns, cotton yarns, and bamboo yarns.

What are the dimensions of a prayer shawl

There is no right or wrong dimension when it comes to a prayer shawl, but a good rule of thumb to follow may be a shawl that, when finished, is around 26″- 30″ wide x 60″ in length. A shawl that can be wrapped around your shoulders for comfort and ease. 

How many stitches do you cast on for a prayer shawl

Depending on which patterns you follow, whether you use bulky yarn, and other details will depend on how many stitches you cast. However, according to the prayer shawl ministries, stitches in multiples of three - 54, *57, or 60 are a good place to start.



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